Local perception of the multifunctionality of water tanks in two villages of Tamil Nadu, South India

Victoria Reyes-García, Olivia Aubriot, Pere Ariza-Montobbio, Elena Galán-Del-Castillo, Tarik Serrano-Tovar, Joan Martinez-Alier

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Abstract

Using data from free listings and a survey in two villages of Tamil Nadu, India, we discuss local perceptions and uses of water tanks, a traditional irrigation infrastructure. We hypothesize that both farmers and non farmers perceive and use water tanks for purposes other than irrigation. We found that informants recognized the importance of water tanks for irrigation, but also acknowledged other socioeconomic uses and ecological functions. Marginal sectors (i.e., Scheduled Castes) use tank resources in more diverse ways than other sectors of the population. Findings are relevant for development. International organizations working on the revival of water tanks aimto transfer watermanagement to farmers for the purpose of irrigation. By recognizing that tanks benefit people other than farmers and in ways other than providing irrigation water, organizations working on tank rejuvenation could achieve a more equitable management of tank resources. © 2011 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-499
JournalSociety and Natural Resources
Volume24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

Keywords

  • Irrigation
  • Local perception
  • Multifunctionality
  • Tamil nadu
  • Water tanks

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